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The Lost Boys of Sudan

The Lost Boys of Sudan
Author : Mark Bixler
Publisher : University of Georgia Press
Release Date : 2013-05-01
Category : History
Total pages :288
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In 2000 the United States began accepting 3,800 refugees from one of Africa’s longest civil wars. They were just some of the thousands of young men, known as “Lost Boys,” who had been orphaned or otherwise separated from their families in the chaos of a brutal conflict that has ravaged Sudan since 1983. The Lost Boys of Sudan focuses on four of these refugees. Theirs, however, is a typical story, one that repeated itself wherever the Lost Boys could be found across America. Jacob Magot, Peter Anyang, Daniel Khoch, and Marko Ayii were among 150 or so Lost Boys who were resettled in Atlanta. Like most of their fellow refugees, they had never before turned on a light switch, used a kitchen appliance, or ridden in a car or subway train—much less held a job or balanced a checkbook. We relive their early excitement and disorientation, their growing despondency over fruitless job searches, adjustments they faced upon finally entering the workforce, their experiences of post-9/11 xenophobia, and their undying dreams of acquiring an education. As we immerse ourselves in the Lost Boys’ daily lives, we also get to know the social services professionals and volunteers, celebrities, community leaders, and others who guided them—with occasional detours—toward self-sufficiency. Along the way author Mark Bixler looks closely at the ins and outs of U.S. refugee policy, the politics of international aid, the history of Sudan, and the radical Islamist underpinnings of its government. America is home to more foreign-born residents than ever before; the Lost Boys have repaid that gift in full through their example of unflagging resolve, hope, and faith.

Echoes of the Lost Boys of Sudan

Echoes of the Lost Boys of Sudan
Author : James Disco,Susan Clark
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2011-06-07
Category : Comics & Graphic Novels
Total pages :128
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The journey of four teenage Sudanese boys, orphaned by their war-torn country, who traveled to America looking for a safer environment, and learned to cope with the unfamiliar complexities of contemporary American society.

Brothers in Hope

Brothers in Hope
Author : Mary Williams,R. Gregory Christie
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2005
Category : Juvenile Fiction
Total pages :41
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Sudanese Garang is eight when he returns to his village and finds that everything has been destroyed. Soon, Garang meets other boys whose villages have been attacked and they unite, walking hundreds of miles to safety - first in Ethiopia then in Kenya. The boys face numerous hardships along the way, but their faith and mutual support help keep the hope of finding a new home alive in their hearts. Based on heartbreaking yet inspirational true events, this is a story of remarkable and enduring courage, and an amazing testament to the unyielding power of the spirit.

Not Just Child's Play

Not Just Child's Play
Author : Felicia R. McMahon
Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
Release Date : 2009-10-20
Category : Social Science
Total pages :228
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Winner of the 2008 Chicago Folklore Prize Felicia R. McMahon breaks new ground in the presentation and analysis of emerging traditions of the “Lost Boys,” a group of parentless youths who fled Sudan under tragic circumstances in the 1990s. With compelling insight, McMahon analyzes the oral traditions of the DiDinga Lost Boys, about whom very little is known. Her vibrant ethnography provides intriguing details about the performances and conversations of the young DiDinga in Syracuse, New York. It also offers important insights to scholars and others who work with refugee groups. The author argues that the playful traditions she describes constitute a strategy by which these young men proudly position themselves as preservers of DiDinga culture and as harbingers of social change rather than as victims of war. Drawing ideas from folklore, linguistics, drama, and play theory, the author documents the danced songs of this unique group. Her inclusion of original song lyrics translated by the singers and descriptions of conversations convey the voices of the young men. Well researched and carefully developed, this book makes an original contribution to our understanding of refugee populations and tells a compelling story at the same time.

The Lost Boys of Sudan

The Lost Boys of Sudan
Author : Jeff Burlingame
Publisher : Benchmark Books
Release Date : 2011
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
Total pages :80
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"Presents accounts of narrow escapes executed by oppressed individuals and groups while illuminating social issues and the historical background that led to wars in Sudan and the orphaned refugees known as the 'Lost Boys'"--Provided by publisher.

The Lost Boys of Sudan

The Lost Boys of Sudan
Author : Mark Bixler
Publisher : University of Georgia Press
Release Date : 2013-05-01
Category : History
Total pages :288
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In 2000 the United States began accepting 3,800 refugees from one of Africa’s longest civil wars. They were just some of the thousands of young men, known as “Lost Boys,” who had been orphaned or otherwise separated from their families in the chaos of a brutal conflict that has ravaged Sudan since 1983. The Lost Boys of Sudan focuses on four of these refugees. Theirs, however, is a typical story, one that repeated itself wherever the Lost Boys could be found across America. Jacob Magot, Peter Anyang, Daniel Khoch, and Marko Ayii were among 150 or so Lost Boys who were resettled in Atlanta. Like most of their fellow refugees, they had never before turned on a light switch, used a kitchen appliance, or ridden in a car or subway train—much less held a job or balanced a checkbook. We relive their early excitement and disorientation, their growing despondency over fruitless job searches, adjustments they faced upon finally entering the workforce, their experiences of post-9/11 xenophobia, and their undying dreams of acquiring an education. As we immerse ourselves in the Lost Boys’ daily lives, we also get to know the social services professionals and volunteers, celebrities, community leaders, and others who guided them—with occasional detours—toward self-sufficiency. Along the way author Mark Bixler looks closely at the ins and outs of U.S. refugee policy, the politics of international aid, the history of Sudan, and the radical Islamist underpinnings of its government. America is home to more foreign-born residents than ever before; the Lost Boys have repaid that gift in full through their example of unflagging resolve, hope, and faith.

Lost Boy, Lost Girl

Lost Boy, Lost Girl
Author : John Bul Dau,Martha Arual Akech
Publisher : National Geographic Books
Release Date : 2010
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
Total pages :159
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Chronicles the experiences of a husband and wife who as children fled the poverty and violence of southern Sudan, describing the devastating impact of famine and war on the region while sharing lighthearted memories of their efforts to adapt to American life.

What Is the What

What Is the What
Author : Dave Eggers
Publisher : Vintage Canada
Release Date : 2009-02-24
Category : Fiction
Total pages :560
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What Is the What is the story of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee in war-ravaged southern Sudan who flees from his village in the mid-1980s and becomes one of the so-called Lost Boys. Valentino’s travels bring him in contact with enemy soldiers, with liberation rebels, with hyenas and lions, with disease and starvation, and with deadly murahaleen (militias on horseback)–the same sort who currently terrorize Darfur. Eventually Deng is resettled in the United States with almost 4000 other young Sudanese men, and a very different struggle begins. Based closely on true experiences, What Is the What is heartbreaking and arresting, filled with adventure, suspense, tragedy, and, finally, triumph. From the Trade Paperback edition.

King Deng, the Original Lost Boy of Sudan

King Deng, the Original Lost Boy of Sudan
Author : Makur Abiar,Guy-Luce Fenelon
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2011-04-01
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :204
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Since the mid-1980s, Sudan has been involved in civil war fueled by religious, ethnic, and regional strife. Thousands of children have experienced horrors and intense hardships beyond the scale of human understanding. They have been dubbed the Lost Boys of Sudan. Many, orphaned by the war, have arrived at Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya. The label of the Lost Boys was borrowed from the children's story Peter Pan. The Lost Boys of Sudan describe a generation of Sudanese boys driven from their tribal lands by the devastation of the civil war between the North and the South. The Original Lost Boy of Sudan told by King Deng Akon, details the truth regarding the war in southern Sudan, the scorching desert, heat, and the historical events that led to the bloodshed. The true experiences of "the Lost Boys of Sudan" has been overlooked or simply mentioned by the media. However, King Deng Akon provides an opportunity to witness a perilous quest for freedom from a first-person perspective. King Deng is the emblem of peace and The Original Lost Boy of Sudan is the insignia of struggle out of Africa to America.

From Africa to America

From Africa to America
Author : Joseph Akol Makeer
Publisher : Tate Publishing
Release Date : 2008-02
Category : Religion
Total pages :96
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Recent news media have exposed the horrific genocides in Rwanda, Darfur, and elsewhere, but little has been publicized about the unseen genocide committed by Muslims against millions of Christians in southern Sudan during the 1980s. From Africa to America: The Journey of a Lost Boy of Sudan provides a firsthand account of the atrocities caused by the same president and government committing genocide in Darfur today. Look through the eyes of one of the Lost Boys, a group of orphans who braved a dangerous trek through desert and jungle in order to flee the war-torn southern Sudan twenty years ago, as author Akol Makeer explains Sudanese cultural traditions and chronicles his life before and after the war. From Africa to America: The Journey of a Lost Boy of Sudan records years of human rights violations and bloodshed, the conversion of southern Sudanese from animism to Christianity during the war, the corruption of U.N. officials, and the sixteen-year journey of the Lost Boys from Sudan to Ethiopia, on to Kenya, and finally to religious and political freedom in America.

The Journey of the Lost Boys

The Journey of the Lost Boys
Author : Joan Hecht
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2005-01-01
Category : Travel
Total pages :168
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For the first time, “The Journey of the Lost Boys” offers readers a chronological timeline of the epic journey taken by these children, beginning in their rural villages of Southern Sudan and ending with their arrival as young men to the United States. Narrated through the voice of Joan Hecht, one of their American mentors, whom they lovingly call “mom” or “Mama Joan;” “The Journey of the Lost Boys” is a compelling story of courage, faith and the sheer determination to survive by a group of young orphaned boys. Because of Ms. Hecht's personal relationship with them, she is able to portray their story in a way that most famous reporters and authors cannot. In addition to her extensive research of the political and historical events surrounding this long lasting civil war, are the heart-rending personal stories of the boys themselves.

Father of the Lost Boys

Father of the Lost Boys
Author : Yuot A. Alaak
Publisher : Fremantle Press
Release Date : 2020-06-01
Category : Political Science
Total pages :232
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During the Second Sudanese Civil war, thousands of South Sudanese boys were displaced from their villages or orphaned in attacks from northern government troops. Many became refugees in Ethiopia. There, in 1989, teacher and community leader Mecak Ajang Alaak assumed care of the Lost Boys in a bid to protect them from becoming child soldiers. So began a four year journey from Ethiopia to Sudan and on to the safety of a Kenyan refugee camp. Together they endured starvation, animal attacks, and the horrors of land mines and aerial bombardments. This eyewitness account by Mecak Ajang Alaak's son, Yuot, is the extraordinary true story of a man who never ceased to believe that the pen is mightier than the gun.

They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky

They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky
Author : Benjamin Ajak,Benson Deng,Alephonsion Deng,Judy A. Bernstein
Publisher : PublicAffairs
Release Date : 2015-08-11
Category : History
Total pages :352
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A stunning literary survival story of three young Sudanese boys, two brothers and a cousin—hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a “moving, beautifully written account, by turns warm and tender.” Between 1987 and 1989, Alepho, Benjamin, and Benson, like tens of thousands of young boys, took flight from the massacres of Sudan's civil war. They became known as the Lost Boys. With little more than the clothes on their backs, sometimes not even that, they streamed out over Sudan in search of refuge. Their journey led them first to Ethiopia and then, driven back into Sudan, toward Kenya. They walked nearly one thousand miles, sustained only by the sheer will to live. They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky is the three boys' account of that unimaginable journey. With the candor and the purity of their child's-eye-vision, Alephonsian, Benjamin, and Benson recall by turns: how they endured the hunger and strength-sapping illnesses—dysentery, malaria, and yellow fever; how they dodged the life-threatening predators—lions, snakes, crocodiles and soldiers alike—that dogged their footsteps; and how they grappled with a war that threatened continually to overwhelm them. Their story is a lyrical, captivating, timeless portrait of a childhood hurled into wartime and how they had the good fortune and belief in themselves to survive.

A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water
Author : Linda Sue Park,Ginger Knowlton
Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date : 2010-11-15
Category : Juvenile Fiction
Total pages :128
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The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

The Lost Boys of Sudan

The Lost Boys of Sudan
Author : Lonnie Carter
Publisher : Broadway Play Publishing In
Release Date : 2011-12-21
Category : Boys
Total pages :86
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Three boys meet in the worst way: fleeing the horrors of war. And as they team up on a perilous journey to a refugee camp, they exchange heroic survival stories, song and even laughter. Thus begins an extraordinary passage that eventually takes three boys of the Dinka tribe to, of all places, Fargo, North Dakota, where drought, crocodiles and guerrillas are replaced by malls, video games, and Skittles. "Much as, say, Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation was an excellent movie about jet lag, this is an excellent play about culture shock. And about making your way as a stranger in a strange land. Like the Coen brothers (who love this same human and physical landscape), Carter satirizes the good people of the Upper Midwest while celebrating their fundamental decency " -Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune "Several tall, young, slender African men bearing beaming smiles and the slightest hint of ritual scars on their foreheads strolled through the lobby of the Victory Gardens Theater on Sunday night. They were the real 'lost boys' of Sudan - victims of the horrific civil wars that raged in that enormous, oil-rich country from 1983 to 2005, leaving the population decimated. Now twentysomething, and residents of Chicago, the men had come to watch playwright Lonnie Carter's immensely imaginative, linguistically dizzying, tragicomic rendering of their history. To be sure, it's a fantasia rather than a documentary, but one that captures the essence of their experiences in a uniquely theatrical way." -Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times "THE LOST BOYS OF SUDAN turns out to be more joyous than the title might suggest ... theater sometimes can do what documentaries sometimes can't - tell stories with the power of poetry, metaphor and music ... all the musical language in Lonnie Carter's script. There's a palpable sense of magical realism in his play." -David Hawley, Pioneer Press (Minneapolis) "Playwright Carter says that his script is 'hip-hop infused, ' and it is, at times. But mostly, I felt it was in the great tradition of English verse that moves from Shakespeare and Marlowe to Ntozake Shange and beyond." -Paul Thompson, BroadwayWorld.com